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L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a muted, aqua blue cream. Estee Lauder Teal Topaz is much darker, more of a teal. Dior St. Tropez is brighter. Cult Nails Manipulative is less blue, lighter. China Glaze Sea Spray is bluer, lighter. Zoya Wednsday is warmer, greener. See comparison swatches.

I’ve been really impressed with L’Oreals new Colour Riche lacquer formula, but Now You Sea Me was disappointing–it was very streaky, and I wasn’t able to cover all of the streakiness with a thicker second coat. It seemed like it would be opaque in two coats, if it weren’t for the streaks that still were visible. It dried down to a slightly glossy finish, and the drying time was about average. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I was surprised to find it difficult to apply. I normally get a week of wear with L’Oreal’s lacquer.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Now You Sea Me
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

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Illamasqua Sadist & Vulgar Eyeshadows

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Sadist
Sadist
Sadist
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Vulgar
Vulgar
Vulgar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection for Summer 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer
RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection

This is more than summer love. Rihanna and M∙A∙C strike a chord with an online-exclusive colour collection created by the global superstar. Bronze and cool coral combine for a Powder Blush Duo in the unforgettable Hibiscus Kiss, while Retro Matte Lipsticks in RiRi Boy, Heaux and the instant classic RiRi Woo make a statement against sheer, shimmering skin highlighted with rose gold Lustre Drops.
Exclusively online.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • RiRi Woo Matte cool red (Retro Matte)
  • RiRi Boy Matte vivid lavender (Retro Matte)
  • Heaux Matte berry (Retro Matte)

Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hibiscus Kiss Cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo

Lustre Drops ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Barbados Girl Rose gold bronzer

Availability: North America June 18, 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com at NOON EST, 1.800.588.0070; International June 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com, 1.800.588.0070.

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Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review & Photos

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash ($11.00 for 5.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “gentle, sulfate-free foaming cleanser that removes daily toxins and makeup.” Skincare seems to be a new venture (well, beyond body creams) for Pacifica, which I’ve personally known primarily as a fragrance brand, so I didn’t have high expectations for this. I’ve been loving all things coconut-scented lately, though (it’s the summer–coconut always reminds me of warm summer days spent at the beach), so I figured I’d give it a try.

I actually quite love it! It has been surprisingly great as a cleanser, and even better? It’s very budget-friendly. It has a gel-like consistency that’s clear, but it lathers into a creamy, kind of milky-like, lather and really breaks down all bits and bobs of my makeup–even heavy eye makeup and mascara. I work it into my entire face, and I have no issues with my eyes burning, stinging, tearing, or clouding when using this. Every time I’ve used it, I’ve reveled at how remarkably gentle it is, and Muse, who is more discerning about her skincare than I am, felt the same way. My skin felt soft and clean but never stripped, tight, or dry. It smells primarily of coconut, but there’s a little citrus and zest to it.  The purity of the coconut, though, smells a lot like raw coconut oil to me.

Ingredients: purified water, cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut source), sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut source), sodium cocoyl sulfoacetate (coconut source) sodium cocoamphoacetate, decyl glucoside (corn source), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin (vegetable), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin (vegetable), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, glycol stearate, carica papaya extract, lemon bioflavanoids, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, citrus acid, tocopherol acetate, panthenol, NaPCA, allantoin, nori extract, garcinia mangostana peel extract (mangosteen), camelia sinensis leaf extract (white tea), sea algae extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance (all natural).

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theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Argyle
Argyle
Argyle
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

Zoya Buy One, Get One Free on Summer Flashback Shades!


ZOYA is doing a buy one, get one free sale on any of the shades from the summer flashback page now through 6/16 (11:59PM EST) with code FLOGO. If you purchase four polishes, you’ll get four more for free, plus free shipping–that would make it $32 for eight polishes, shipped!

Here are some swatches of the cream shades and swatches for twelve of the frosted shades available!

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Available while supplies last. BOGO offer includes Summer Flashback page items ONLY. Valid online only at www.zoya.com through 11:59pm EST, 6/16/13. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Shipping & Handling fees apply. Continental US only. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, web related issues or any errors associated with declined credit cards. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Code must be entered at time of purchase. Limit 6 free Summer Flashback Shades. – See more.

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